Almost 15% felt feelings of fear or panic and 14.5% had reduced time dedicated to meals, family and leisure
In 14 years as a doctor, Samanta Samara has never seen anything like it now. In direct contact with critically ill patients Covid-19 in Manaus, the nephrologist is exhausted. “Having to do that juggling of organizing dialysis, it is tiring to see your patients, it is not easy. I wanted to stay in the house for 15 days, but I couldn’t do that. I was unable to do this, patients needed help. ”
An unprecedented survey of Federal Council of Medicine it only reinforces the report: 96% of doctors suffered impacts on their professional or personal life in the pandemic. The increase in the level of stress reached 23% of respondents. Almost 15% felt feelings of fear or panic and 14.5% had a reduction in the time dedicated to meals, family and leisure. About 8% of doctors heard have lost hours of sleep in the past few months. For the vice president of CFM, Donizetti Giamberardino, the situation can aggravate depression and lead to the appearance of Burnout syndrome.
“This makes us understand the importance of having a structured and strong health system. At that moment, we have to defend SUS, that the government put its investment and structure all professionals in a comprehensive manner. ” In partnership with the Public Ministry, the Federal Council of Medicine is launching the Luna project. The initiative provides doctors with access to a platform where they can report all sorts of difficulties on the front lines. Donizetti Giamberardino emphasizes that the idea is to intensify the protection of doctors’ interests.
“The idea is that these institutions are meant to help. Provide help to try to improve our system in a constructive way, so that it presses to take care of our greatest asset, which is life. ” According to the Civil Registry Offices, Brazil has already lost almost 6,000 health professionals since the beginning of the pandemic. The number is 25.9% higher than that registered in 2019. Considering only the first two months of 2021, the increase is already 29% in relation to the same period last year. If it continues at this pace, the total number of deaths could reach 7,812 by the end of the year.
* With information from reporter Letícia Santini